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Dug Up at Dogster: December 2019 Dog Events and Premieres

Puppy, it may be cold outside, but these December 2019 Dog Events and Premieres will warm you up!

Melissa L. Kauffman  |  Dec 4th 2019

Don’t let winter get you down — get up and out into these great December 2019 Dog Events and premieres. Don’t see your dog event or premiere in our December 2019 Dog Events list? Then email your dog event to

December, 2019 through January 2, 2020: SPCA Holiday Windows

Macy’s partners with the SF SPCA to find forever homes for pets. Prospective adoptive puppies and kittens are unveiled in the windows of the Macy’s Union Square store. (Tomas Ovalle/AP Images for Macy’s)

Santa — along with all of us holiday shoppers — need to jingle on over to the 33rd Annual Holiday Windows, where we can check out the SF SPCA’s adoption center at Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco. Those sweet pups in the window are looking for that furever home, and every year SF SPCA finds hundreds of pets new homes with this wonderful program. Feel like volunteering? You can sign up for two-hour greeter shifts at the Windows in late October at the Holiday Windows website.

December, 2019 through January 2, 2020: Blue Buffalo Home 4 The Holidays

It’s back — the three-month pet-adoption campaign started by Helen Woodward Animal Center, beginning October 1, 2019, and running to January 2, 2020.

Join in this annual, three-month pet-adoption campaign dedicated to placing orphaned pets into happy, loving homes, started by Helen Woodward Animal Center, working along with thousands of partner animal organizations. It has become the largest pet adoption campaign on record, saving over 15 million pets since its inception in 1999. The 2019 pet adoption drive begins October 1, 2019, and runs through January 2, 2020. For more information, visit

December 1, 2019: Pet Photos with Santa

All pets — cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, exotics, etc. — are invited to attend the Pet Photos With Santa event at the Paumanok Veterinary Hospital in Patchogue, NY. Photo sessions go from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Donation is $50, which benefits Partners in Restorative Animal Assisted Therapy (PRAAT), Friends of Fire Island National Seashore (FFINS) and Pets Over Paralysis (POP). Call 631-475-1312 to make an appointment. Keep pet leashed, caged or in a carrier. For more information, click here.

December 4 — December 7, 2019: Eric Ginsburg’s Fridge Art Fair Farewell Victory Tour

See artist Eric Ginsburg and his Fridge Art Fair when they return to Miami, FL, this December.

Eric Ginsburg’s Fridge Art Fair returns to Miami, FL, this December in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week, heading to the art-centric Downtown Miami and its landmark Eurostar’s Langford Hotel. Renowned artist Eric Ginsburg and Fridge Art Fair founder returns as the Fair’s Director and Lead Visionary curator after a year sabbatical from Fridge Art Fair to explore the concept and illusion of living as legendary director and artist John Waters pet Siberian Husky, named “ Aqua Net” in Baltimore. Maryland. Special guest curator is Victor Pedelty. Welcome to what might be your final chance to fit into the fridge! Shake hands with Oatmeal-The-Panda, Hug Sir Pug-A-Lot, High-Five Popsicle the French Bulldog, and celebrate Charm City home of Babe Ruth, The Star-Spangled Banner, Ginsburg’s Master John Waters, David Hasselhoff, Jada Pinkett Smith and Kathie Lee Gilford. More at

December 7: Foster’s Future 2nd Annual Holiday Brunch

Foster’s Future hosts its 2nd Annual Holiday Brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our House Restaurant in Farmingdale, NJ. Cost is $30 per person and includes brunch buffet, coffee, tea and soda. Check out the gift baskets, door prizes and more. Get tickets through PayPal or by mailing a check to Foster’s Future at P.O. Box 123, Hazlet, NJ 07730. Include the name(s) of those who will be attending. Foster’s Future is a nonprofit (501c3) program that provides funds and services to pets in need. Its goal is to reduce the number of pets placed in shelters and/or euthanized due to a lack of services.

December 8, 2019: Yappy Hour at Pup Plaza

Drink wine for a good cause at Pup Plaza’s Yappy Hour on December 8th in San Jose.

If you are in San Jose, CA, get on over to Pup Plaza for Yappy Hour from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll love the beautiful custom label for the wine being sold with Mutt Lynch Winery in Sonoma — fundraising for the Silicon Valley Pet Project ( The wine will be featured at the Yappy Hour event, where Mutt Lynch will be pouring various selections from its winery. Cost for the event is $25 advance and $30 at the door. The Silicon Valley Pet Project opened Pup Plaza in San Jose for community engagement, outreach and education, with the ultimate goal of reducing pet homelessness, saving lives and helping the community become part of the solution.  To date, the organization has rescued and re-homed more than 1,100 from the San Jose Shelter since its inception in 2014. Reservations and information:

December 13, 2019: Premiere of Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Check out the second Shaun the Sheep movie Farmageddon premiering in theaters on December 13th.

Bitzer the dog is back with Shaun the Sheep and the rest of the flock in the sequel to 2015’s animated Shaun the Sheep movie. They’ve added an alien who resembles a cute floppy-eared dog (IMO). The alien just happens to crash land near Mossy Bottom Farm, and, of course, Shaun the Sheep and gang help the alien get home while staying out of the clutches of a sinister organization. Stars Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour (to name a few) and directed by Will Becher and Richard Phelan. See release dates across the globe at

December 14, 2019: Swiffer/Febreze and North Shore Animal League America Adoption Garden at PetCon

New York City is always bursting with fabulous events and the PetCon conference at the Metropolitan Pavilion is no exception. The event is packed with celebri-dogs from Instagram like @TunaMeltsMyHeart and @Manny_the_Frenchie. Besides shopping and meets and greets, you’ll get the chance to play with and potentially adopt one of NSALA’s puppies in the Adoption Garden. New, approved pet parents will go home with a deluxe pet adoption starter kit featuring Swiffer and Febreze’s Pet products. Check out the panel discussion on pet adoption moderated by HGTV Executive Producer Brian Balthazar. Tickets, times and details at

December 17, 2019: Premiere of Well Groomed

Don’t miss the documentary Well Groomed’s premiere on HBO Sports on December 17th.

If the mocumentary Best in Show has taught us anything, it’s that we are obsessed with the world of the dog competitive professional. HBO Sports is bringing us a true dog documentary that gives us a look into the world of creative and competitive dog grooming. The film by writer and director Rebecca Stern chronicles an entire year following a group of professional groomers and dog lovers who transform their beloved dogs into works of art, getting to know them and their dogs in and outside the competition ring. Debuts in December on HBO, plus also to be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW and HBO GO. Air time 9 p.m. ET/PT. More at

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